MINNEAPOLIS—The American Federation of Government Employees today announced its endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar for reelection to Congress representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Rep. Omar has demonstrated her support for federal workers by voting to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history in 2019 and ensure that federal workers will be paid in the event of another shutdown, AFGE’s Release reads. She also has supported key labor issues including increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and supporting the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO ACT).
“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been a friend to labor and has an 86% voting record on issues important to federal employees and AFGE. We are proud to endorse Rep. Omar for reelection,” AFGE District 8 National Vice President Gregg James said.
Early voting in Minnesota is open now ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election.
More than 14,000 federal employees live in Minnesota – caring for veterans, supporting the military, protecting our food supply, and getting Social Security recipients their benefits accurately and on time. There are more than 25,700 current and retired federal employees in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
AFGE is the largest federal employee union in the country, representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers in all functions of government. AFGE represents more than 21,000 federal employees in AFGE District 8, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Rep. Omar has secured every union endorsement in the race. In addition to AFGE, Congresswoman Omar has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, SEIU-MN, AFSCME, NEA, AFT, Education Minnesota, Teamsters Local 120, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).